Team Sky”s Chris Froome raced into yellow with a brilliant win on Stage 8 of the Tour de France, leaving his rivals trailing on the descent from Col de Peyresourde on Saturday.
The reigning champion produced a fine technical effort to grab the maillot jaune and take hold of the race in the process. At the end of the stage, he”s 23 seconds clear of main rival Nairo Quintana of Movistar, who failed to keep pace with the Briton in the final section, and 16 ahead of second place Adam Yates of Orica-BikeExchange.
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Daniel Martin of Etixx-Quick Step and Katusha”s Joaquim Rodriguez were second and third on the day, respectively.
Here are the results of an absorbing stage and the overall standings courtesy of the event”s Twitter feed and Sky Sports Cycling:
Froome Takes Control
There was a brisk early pace set by the riders, even with the daunting hors categorie climb to come. Eventually a breakaway of 13 riders did form, although things quickly changed once the ascent started.
FDJ”s Thibaut Pinot was one of the first to attack, moving to the front of the field. He was followed by Tinkoff”s Rafal Majka and Tony Martin of Etixx, with the trio racing to scale the first and most punishing summit of the day in pole position. Meanwhile, Etixx”s Julian Alaphilippe and Astana”s Vincenzo Nibali were finding the pace in the Team Sky-driven peloton tough to cope with, falling back.
As noted letourdata, it was Pinot, who struggled for pace on the ascent on Friday, that conquered the famous Col du Tourmalet first to set up a fascinating finish:
Race situation when Pinot and Majka reached the summit of Col du Tourmalet. #TDFdata #TDF2016 https://t.co/HphWRWI3HI
With three more climbs to come, there was still plenty of racing left on Saturday. Indeed, as the riders came over the top of the Tourmalet, it became clear the yellow jersey was going to change hands, with BMC”s Greg van Avermaet around seven minutes back on the peloton.
The leading trio were gradually reeled in by the peloton after a sharp descent and as the riders geared up for some more climbs, all the riders in contention for the general classification were preparing themselves for potential attacks.
While there was some intense competition going on, the suffocating heat meant that all the riders had to work together at some points, including the two favourites to win the yellow jersey, per the Movistar Twitter feed:
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